• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker, sporadic issues...

    • Written by from BOSTON

    Major issues...

    First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...

    Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.

    Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...

    I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.

    Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...

    1009 of 1179 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky performance

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE!

    905 of 1065 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor

    • Written by from Saint Charles

    Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money.

    767 of 975 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Engineering Staff Shouid be Publicaly FLOGGED!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    Please forgive my possibly ignorant rant knowing I am open to any schooling from an informed source, unless otherwise corrected I believe the Design Engineering Staff at Apple should be publicly Flogged or at the very least be made to give up a portion of their paychecks to accommodate the prolific permutations of video connectors Apple has SPAWNED! Really now, Intel / PC based computers, that offer equivalent graphic performance have managed to utilize the same 15 Pin cable for 20 years!!! Could someone please tell me WHY APPLES FEELS IT IS COMPULSORY EVERY TIME A MODEL OR MID MODEL CHANGE HAPPENS THEY MUST INVENT ANOTHER *&!@#!# VIDEO CONNECTOR?!!!! One must carry a printed product compatibility map the size of a bed sheet to PURCHASE the correct $30 to $125 adapter so that one can connect AN APPLE MONITOR TO AN APPLE COMPUTER!!! Shame on Apple once again for showing absolutely NO ALLEGIANCE to Long Standing Consumers! I had hoped Intel would have put a stop to the 8Pin, D-Sub, BNC, 15 Pin, Powerbook 100 Series adapter, Powerbook Duo Adapter, DVI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Mini DVI to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, Mini DVI to DVI, Mini DVI to Video, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Micro DVi to Video, MADNESS!!! Just to name a few.....

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

    • Written by from Lake Forest

    I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write reviews on the Internet are complaining about something. The majority of purchases that work never get written about because it is as expected. So always take "reviews" with a grain of salt.

    So anyway, I hooked this "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter" up to my MacBook Pro (2.53GHz model) and to my 30" Apple screen. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RUNNING YOUR GRAPHICS IN PERFORMANCE MODE to not get any color or tearing issues. You might also need a fresh reboot to make it reset as well.

    Steps:
    1) Click on your battery or charging icon in the upper right hand part of your screen
    2) Click on "Energy Saver Preferences"
    3) Ensure that the "Higher performance" button is selected when connected to the adapter (you can switch it back when portability is needed)
    4) Then exit

    Now...

    1) Go Apple>System Preferences> and click on "Displays" in the Hardware section
    2) You can play around with the settings in here to get the resolutions, colors and displays set-ups however you want.

    **Important note - make sure your laptop is using the battery charger when connected to the adapter for all of the above to work consistently.

    Hope this helps - worked for me.

    177 of 229 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy until...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Nothing but problems with images, the picture quility is horrible, I do not recommend this adapter to anyone hope that apple can fix this problem or come out with a new approve adapter like DVI-D to mini display port adapter

    132 of 143 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported

    • Written by from LONDON

    I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other users have encountered this, so I don't believe my experience is uncommon.

    135 of 155 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work properly with Macbook Pro (late 2008) and Dell 30" monitors

    • Written by from LONDON

    beware, doesn't work with a Macbook Pro (late 2008) and any Dell 30" (3007wfp /3007wfp-hc), every so often the infamous 'fuzz of death' appears and your screen will be unreadable, leaving only a re-boot or unpluging/repluging the adpater to bring the screen back, but only for awhile.

    check out the forums for details, especially the thread intitled - 'periodic Dual-link display problem with new adapter'.

    very poor show from Apple to release a faulty product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious issue with non Apple displays

    • Written by from Swindon

    Beware of buying this accessory, if you have a non-Apple 30" display then it will almost certainly cause problems. It is regrettable that Apple should put its loyal customers in this position. A 30" monitor is a significant investment, and it may not be viable for people to replace their perfectly good displays with the Apple display so that they can receive reliable performance. My hope is that this is merely a software issue that can hopefully be corrected via a software update.

    125 of 140 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work Connecting Apple 30" Cinema HD Display to MBP-Retina

    • Written by from Cooperstown

    Before I bought my new MBP-Retina I was assured by both Apple Tech Support and the retailer that I could connect my cherished 30" Apple Cinema Display via the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. Not so. Unable to detect the display through system preferences. It just doesn't work.

    105 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON'T BUY -- SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    Flickers, jumps and other irritating analog type defects. This is $99 that also can't keep the monitor from randomly shutting off. This should be recalled.

    100 of 111 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    replaced adapter to solve flicker issues

    • Written by from Montreal

    I had all kinds of sporadic flicker and static issues with this adapter on a 2009 mac mini. Couldn't isolate the problem. Everything cleared up when the apple store replaced the adapter.

    90 of 94 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fantastic with my new MBP and the Apple 30" cinema display

    • Written by from Camas

    After reading the bad press on the adapter I wanted to be 100% sure that my 30" display was going to work with the new MBP, so I boxed it up and took it to our local Apple store. The sales people were more than willing to provide this adapter to connect it to the new MBP. They only had the Retina display models, but since the Retina and the anti-glare models (which is the one I wanted to buy) use the same video card and I figured if it works with one it will work with the other and IT DID. As soon as I saw it worked I placed the order.

    I just received my new MBP 2.7GHz I7, 8 GB ram, 512 SDD with the 15" antiglare screen and connected to my 30" cinema display this adapter and I have full 2560x1600 resolution. In fact, I would say the overall quality being displayed on the 30" is actually better than it was using my 2008 MacBook Pro that I just replaced.

    85 of 88 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing

    • Written by from Phoenix

    These finally started arriving--over two months since their introduction.

    After waiting this long, however, they cause the mouse cursor to jump while tracking. This has been confirmed with wired and wireless mice, and with two different adapters.

    Not only did Apple charge us $100 to use our Cinema Displays and make us wait over two months, but they don't even work. Ridiculous.

    81 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely disappointed with Apple

    • Written by from Urbandale

    I bought a new 15" MBP about 3 weeks ago as a replacement for my aging MS box. I'm a software developer by trade so a majority of my work is done at a desk using a Samsung 305T 30" monitor (2560x1600).

    Unfortunately, I didn't do quite enough research on the new MBP models - I figured that it would support dual-link DVI out of the box.

    I was surprised and shocked to learn I had to spend another $99 to plug in my existing monitor. After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to even bother (I think this is currently at 2/5 stars on the Apple store). I went ahead and purchased it out of sheer necessity, hoping I'd have better "luck" than other reviewers. I have NOT.

    I experience at least 3-4 instances each day where the monitor will suddenly go out of sync. Its a simple matter of unplugging and plugging the mini-dvi adapter back in, but it is very annoying.

    Additionally, there's a noticeable flicker - especially areas that have gradient color fills.

    I'm absolutely disgusted with this product given the price. It were $20, I'd have more understanding. But $100? C'mon, Apple. Fix this. And offer us free replacements ASAP.

    80 of 85 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    significant drop in frame rate

    • Written by from Austin

    Forget watching full-screen video at native 2560 x 1600; the framerate is 20FPS at best on my 2.53GHz BrickBook Pro.

    Also, the USB pass-through port does not seem to function.

    I give it two stars instead of one for actually existing, but overall, I'm ver dissappointed because apple didn't make this shortcoming apparent anywhere in their store, also, Apple needs to get on the ball and produce a 30" display that actually uses display port... seriously.

    80 of 90 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB3 Please

    • Written by from Berryton

    I'd love to use this as a mini dock for my Macbook Air. I can put my Air in the stand, plug in power, usb3, display and have all of my USB devices and monitors attached via this adapter and a usb3 hub.

    (this would suffice until the thunderbolt docks are released...)

    70 of 72 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Got it working, but no thanks to Apple

    • Written by from AMHERST

    Bought this to use my old Dell 3007WFP monitor with the new Retina Macbook Pro. On initial hookup the display was only detected in 1280x800 mode. The full 2560x1600 resolution was not available as an option. A call to Apple support was less than helpful with the end result of the support person giving up because it wasn't Apple monitor. She was also unwilling to escalate the call, or to put in a request for an engineer to look into it. A terrible experience, and it really tarnishes Apple's reputation in my mind.

    I was able to confirm the adapter works by testing on the old MacPro, so I was pretty sure it wasn't actually a hardware issue. Many hours later I did find a solution to let the laptop use the full resolution. It involved using the SwitchResX app, which you can find using google. It's still not a perfect solution since it costs a few bucks, and the solution doesn't use the Macs built in UI. But it does save me a grand for a replacement monitor. As a side result SwitchResX lets you use the full resolution of the Macbook Retina display. So now you can have a bigger desktop than the 30" display crammed into a 15" display. Get out your reading glasses.

    I am hopeful Apple will fix this with a patch to Lion, but given that the support staff refused to bring it to the attention of the developers I probably shouldn't be.

    70 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker Issues on Black/Dark Backgrounds

    • Written by from Clifton Hill

    Like a lot of people, I too am experiencing green & blue flickers on black/dark parts of the screen when connecting my brand new 15" MBP to an Apple 30" Display. I had hoped this wouldn't happen to me with brand new equipment but there you are...

    67 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor flickers every 20-40 minutes.

    • Written by from Richboro

    Our office has 9 of the new MBP laptops that require these adapters to drive our 30" monitors. I personally have a 30" apple display, all others are 30" Samsungs. Every monitor regardless of brand or age flickers (blanks out and then comes back on) every 20-40 minutes. None of the monitors exhibit this behavior when using a direct DVI connection to an older MBP. Problem is either this adapter or the graphics chips in the new MBP's.

    68 of 70 people found this useful